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Conformity V. Protest In The Crucible

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Conformity is an idea that has plagued mankind for ages; it is the question that we as human beings ask ourselves everyday: should we do what is expected of us, or should be follow our heart, and do what we believe is right? In Arthur Miller's The Crucible, the idea of conformity versus protest is an underlying theme that continues throughout the whole play. The characters conforming to the church, or turning their backs on it emphasize the concept of conformity v. protest in The Crucible.The once tightly knit, church loving town of Salem turned into a bitter and torn apart town once the subject of witchcraft began to consume them all. Instead of pulling together, they pointed fingers, ...view middle of the document...

That man was John Proctor, and he was in no way a saint. He had committed adultery with Abigail, and had no intent to involve himself with the witch trials until his own wife Venturelli - 2 was accused. He forced his servant, Mary Warren, who was one of the girls dancing in the woods, to go to court and tell them the truth, saying, "My wife will never die for me! I will bring your guts into your mouth but that goodness will not die for me!" (862). Proctor admitted his sins in court, and because Elizabeth lied to save the Proctor name, John was acquitted for having "relations with the devil." Proctor who did not want to die, told Danforth that he would admit to his relations with the devil, but Danforth wanted him to sign a paper revealing that he was giving his soul back to God, and after signing it, Proctor took it and refused to give it back, saying, "Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another in my life! Because I lie and sign myself to lies! Because I am not worth the dust on the feet of them that hang! How may I live without my name? I have given you my soul; leave me my name!" (886). Proctor was hung later that day, leaving his two little boys, his wife, and his unborn child behind.A Crucible is defined as a container made of a substance that can resist great heat, for melting, fusing, or...

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